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Air traffic controller assistance systems for attention direction: Comparing visual, auditory, and tactile feedback

Friedrich, Maik and Weber, Bernhard and Schätzle, Simon and Oberheid, Hendrik and Preusche, Carsten and Deml, Barbara (2011) Air traffic controller assistance systems for attention direction: Comparing visual, auditory, and tactile feedback. HFES European Chapter Conference 2011, 19.-21. Okt. 2011, Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

Modern aircrafts have the capability to perform fuel-efficient and noise-reduced continuous descent approaches (CDA). A major obstacle to use these capabilities for approaching an airport is the synchronization of CDA-traffic and conventional non CDA-traffic. By developing assistance systems to direct the attention towards relevant events, air traffic controllers are supported when merging both aircraft streams. This leads to a complexity reduction of the information gathering process. Visual, auditory and tactile assistance systems were implemented in a microworld simulation. 55 participants had to merge CDA and non CDA-traffic, shortly before landing. The participants controlled the non CDA-traffic via radio, while monitoring the CDA traffic at the same time. Whenever a CDA airplane passed a critical waypoint, a visual, auditory, or tactile feedback was given to the participant to maintain a sufficient level of situation awareness. Visual feedback was presented via aircraft label blinking; auditory feedback was given via radio and tactile feedback was given via a vibrotactile feedback device attached to the wrist. The results indeed indicate that additional feedback about the CDA traffic has a positive effect on the visual attention and the situation awareness.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Air traffic controller assistance systems for attention direction: Comparing visual, auditory, and tactile feedback
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Friedrich, MaikMaik.Friedrich@dlr.de
Weber, BernhardBernhard.Weber@dlr.de
Schätzle, SimonSimon.Schaetzle@dlr.de
Oberheid, HendrikHendrik.Oberheid@dfs.de
Preusche, CarstenCarsten.Preusche@DLR.de
Deml, Barbarabarbara.deml@ovgu.de
Date:October 2011
Status:Published
Keywords:Continuous Descend Approach, ATC, Vibrotactile Feedback, VibroTac, Situation Awareness
Event Title:HFES European Chapter Conference 2011
Event Location:Leeds, UK
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19.-21. Okt. 2011
Organizer:Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignement
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):other
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Systemergonomy
Deposited By: Dr. Bernhard Weber
Deposited On:06 Jan 2012 15:37
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 15:37

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